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2014 Election of Officers and Regional Representatives


The election this year includes the offices of President-Elect and Deputy Secretary-General, as well as several Regional Representatives.  These individuals were selected by the Standing Committee on Elections (President, Past-President, President-Elect) based on nominations from the members of IACCP and direct solicitations. Please vote online by May 20, 2014. Election results will be reported at the General Meeting in July and on the IACCP website.

Biographical statements by candidates appear below.

Note: you must have been a member of IACCP by February 1 of this year to be eligible to vote as indicated in the IACCP Constitution.

Information About the Offices to be Elected


The current President is Yoshi Kashima of the University of Melbourne, Australia; the President-Elect is Patricia Greenfield of UCLA, USA; and the Immediate Past-President is Kwok Leung of the City University of Hong Kong.

The duties of the President are:  

  1. Call and preside over all meetings of the Executive Council and all General and Extraordinary General Meetings of the Association.
  2. Approve the agenda that is prepared by the Secretary‑General for all meetings of the Executive Council and for all General and Extraordinary General Meetings of the Association. 
  3. Serve as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Elections.
  4. Serve on committees as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws.

The dues of the President-Elect are:

  1. Carry out the President's duties in the absence of the President; and in the absence of both the President and the resident‑Elect the Executive Council shall choose one of its other members to carry out the President's duties.
  2. Serve on the Standing Committee on Elections and serve as Chairperson of the Witkin/Okonji Award Sub‑committee.
  3. Serve on committees as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws.

The duties of the Immediate Past‑President are:

  1. Serve as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Awards.
  2. Serve on committees as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws.

The terms of office of the three Presidents are two years.

Secretary-General (not up for election this year)

The current Secretary-General is William Gabrenya of the Florida Institute of Technology, USA. 

The duties of the Secretary-General are:

  1. Be responsible for the administration of the Association, including but not limited to: prepare all meeting agenda as set in consultation with the President; send notices of General, Extraordinary General, and Executive Council Meetings; record and keep the minutes of these meetings; conduct postal or electronic (online) ballots as needed; supervise the Treasurer; and supervise the Membership Coordinator.
  2. Report to the General Meeting on behalf of the Executive Council giving an account of the main activities in the Association since the previous General Meeting. 
  3. Serve as Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Membership and Professional Standards.
  4. Share equal legal authority over and access to all banking, financial, and accounting records and assets of the Association with the Treasurer.
  5. Share equal access to the membership records of the Association with the Treasurer.
  6. Serve on committees as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws.

The term of office is four years and may serve two terms.

Deputy Secretary-General

The current Deputy Secretary General is David Sam of University of Bergen, Norway.

The duties of the Deputy Secretary General are:

  1. Assist the Secretary‑General in the general administration of the Association and perform such other duties and functions as may be assigned by the Executive Council.
  2. Serve as Chairperson the Harry and Pola Triandis Doctoral Thesis Award selection committee.
  3. Serve on committees as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws.

The term of office is two years and may serve two terms.

Treasurer (not an elected office)

The current Treasurer is Sharon Glazer, University of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The Treasurer is appointed by the Executive Council.

The duties of the Treasurer are:

  1. Be responsible for all the funds of the Association and present a financial report at each Executive Council Meeting and at the General Meeting.
  2. Maintain adequate financial records as legally required by the U.S. State of incorporation and all legal entities, such as the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, that require such records for tax or other purposes; file state and federal tax returns.
  3. Share banking, financial, and accounting records with the Secretary-General at all times.
  4. Be responsible for transferring funds to support the Association’s activities and maintaining adequate records of said transfers.
  5. Coordinate the annual collection of membership dues.
  6. Serve on committees as specified elsewhere in the Bylaws

The term of office is four years and may serve infinite terms.

Chair, Communication and Publications Committee (not an elected office)

The current CPC Chair is Fons van der Vijver. The CPC chair is selected by the EC. Term of office is 4 years and may serve two terms.

The duties of the CPC chair are:

  1. Oversee all publications and communications functions of the Association.
  2. Arrange for selection and appointment of publication editors.
  3. Chair the committee
  4. Serve as point of contact with Sage Publications for JCCP

Regional Representatives

The duties of Regional Representatives are:

  1. Be responsible for promoting the work of the Association in their respective Regions.
  2. Act as liaison between the Executive Council and the organizers of all IACCP‑sponsored conferences in their Region.
  3. Serve on the Program Committee for all IACCP sponsored conferences in their Region.
  4. Serve on the Harry and Pola Triandis Doctoral Thesis Award selection committee.
  5. Develop and encourage activities in their Regions.
  6. Report to the Association on activities undertaken in their Region to promote IACCP.

Regional Representatives serve for four year terms and may be elected for up to two consecutive terms.


Biographical Statements by Candidates

President-Elect (two candidates)

Klaus Boehnke

Klaus Boehnke holds a Chair for Social Science Methodology at Jacobs University Bremen, Germany, and is Vice Dean of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS; www.bigsss-bremen.de). He received his PhD in Psychology from Berlin University of Technology in 1985. Before his tenure at Jacobs he held assistant and associate professorships at the Free University of Berlin. In 1993 he became tenured Full Professor of Socialization Research and Methodology at the Department of Sociology of Chemnitz University of Technology, from where he came to Jacobs in 2002. He was Secretary-General of IACCP from 2000 to 2008, and hosted the 19th International Congress of IACCP in Bremen in 2008. He has published some 300 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and books. His most heavily cited paper is one with Shalom Schwartz on a confirmatory factor analysis of Schwartz’s value circumplex. Recently he was part of an author team that published a major piece on the tightness vs. looseness of cultures in Science (with Michele Gelfand as lead author). His main research interest is in the field of the cultural transmission of values and beliefs. 


My central mission is best characterized by the motto of the 19th International Congress of IACCP that I co-hosted in Bremen in 2008: “Crossing Borders: (Cross-)Cultural Psychology as an Interdisciplinary Multi-Method Endeavor.” During the last 10 years it has become increasingly obvious to me that cross-cultural psychology must be more than a globalized social psychology as it has sometimes been at the end of the 20th century. It can only survive in the long run if it continues its path of ‘border crossing’ into psychology sub-disciplines beyond social psychology, into neighboring disciplines like biology, (epi‑)genetics, sociology, and political science, using a methods toolkit that clearly transgresses approaches most prevalent in academic psychology. How can these goals be furthered in the institutional confines of IACCP? One way would in my view be to further support increased interdisciplinary openness of our flagship journal, JCCP, by inviting key contributions from neighboring disciplines, for example on ‘genes and culture’ or on ‘global governance and the individual.’ Sustainability of an interdisciplinary, multi-method understanding of cross-cultural psychology would in addition need more efficient global networking in graduate education in the field. In case of becoming president-elect I would like to improve networking in this sphere by offering the structures of the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS), which I co-head as its vice dean, as a hub for a workshop series of graduate programs from the field of a broadly defined cross-cultural psychology as constituted by BIGSSS focus area of “Changing Lives in Changing Sociocultural Context.” To facilitate such networking endeavors yet further I would like to venture into chances of letting IACCP become an actor (in the sense of an institutional proponent) in the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework program.

Fons van de Vijver

Fons van de Vijver has studied psychology at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. He holds a Ph.D. from the same university.  He holds a chair in cross-cultural psychology at Tilburg University and an extraordinary chair at North-West University, South Africa, and the University of Queensland, Australia. He has (co-)authored 400 publications, mainly in the domain of cross-cultural psychology. The main topics in his research involve bias and equivalence, psychological acculturation and multiculturalism, cognitive similarities and differences, response styles, translations and adaptations. He is or has supervised about 35 PhD studies and 5 post-doc studies. He has teaching experience in cross-cultural psychology and methods/statistics. He has presented keynotes and invited lectures at various conferences and workshops in various countries. He is one of the most frequently cited cross-cultural psychologists in Europe.  He is the former editor of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and serves on the board of various journals; he has evaluated manuscripts for about 100 journals as ad-hoc reviewer. He has been vice-dean for research and vice-dean for education of his faculty and vice-director of Babylon, the interdisciplinary research center for studies of multicultural societies at Tilburg University.  He is a former president of Division 2 (Assessment and Evaluation) of the International Association of Applied Psychology and is now President of the European Association of Psychological Assessment. He is the 2013 recipient of the International Award of the American Psychological Association (for his contributions to international cooperation and to the advancement of knowledge of psychology).  (ISI) h-index = 22; (Google Scholar) h-index = 47; g index = 92; i10 index = 113


I have been involved in the IACCP for a long time. In the last 15 years I had the pleasure to be the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, the chairperson of the Communications and Publications Committee, and co-organizer of the 2012 Stellenbosch conference. I think that our main publications (Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and the Online Readings in Psychology and Culture) are in very capable hands and, with the help of many members as authors and reviewers, greatly contribute to the goals of the IACCP. Communication with our members is an important challenge in the coming period. The communication structure, mainly comprising the above outlets, the Bulletin, the website, and conference proceedings of our biennial international conferences, has served us well in the past. However, this structure requires modernization. The classical tools of communication within the Association will continue to be important. In addition, we need to use more modern media more frequently and intensely. Important initiatives would be: a more interactive website, Facebook (groups), a more active twitter account, open access resources to communicate achievements of our field to members and interested others, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), the development and dissemination of other visual materials by setting up a database with relevant materials populated by our members, the dissemination of training materials, etc. There have been various initiatives in this direction in the past, but these initiatives should be further developed and coordinated. I would use the coming period, if elected, to coordinate these efforts and to mobilize as many members, notably of the younger generation, as possible to join me in these developments. “For all of us, by all of us” would be the motto.

Deputy Secretary-General (one candidate) 

David Sam

DAVID LACKLAND SAM is a professor of cross-cultural psychology at the University of Bergen, Norway, and is currently serving as the Deputy Secretary -General of the IACCP.  Sam obtained a B. Sc. (Honors) degree in psychology from the University of Ghana, before migrating to Norway as a student, where he obtained his PhD.  Sam divides his position at the University of Bergen between the Department of Psychosocial Science (Faculty of Psychology) and Department of Global Public Health (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry). He teaches courses in cross-cultural psychology and medical anthropology. His research interests include psychology of acculturation, and the role of culture in health and human development. Sam has published extensively on young immigrants’ psychological adaptation in general, and from a cross-cultural comparative perspective.  Sam co-edited two books on acculturation (in 2006), and was a co-author of the 3rd edition of Cross-cultural psychology: Research and applications, published by Cambridge University Press, 2011.  He also just completed two special issues of journal (in 2013), one as a co-coordinator on Multiculturalism, European Psychologist and the other as a guest co-editor on Migration and Integration, Zeitschrift für psychologie/Journal of Psychology


Regional Representatives

Middle East and North Africa

Gabriel Horenczyk

Gabriel Horenczyk is the J. Robert Fisher Professor in Education and Sociology at the School of Education and the Melton Centre, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He also teaches at the Swiss Center for Conflict Management and Resolution at the Hebrew University, is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, and is currently serving as regional representative and member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology. His major areas of teaching and research are: Psychological aspects of cultural and ethnic identity; a contextual perspective on acculturation, biculturalism, and multiculturalism; identity and adaptation of immigrants; immigrants in schools and the school acculturative context; multidimensional approaches to religiosity and spirituality.  

Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean

Domínguez Espinosa Alejandra del Carmen

Alejandra del Carmen Domínguez Espinosa obtained her PhD in Social Psychology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) with honorable mention in 2003. She holds a full time professor-researcher position at the Iberoamerican University in Mexico City since 2004. She is the current coordinator of the PhD program in Psychology at the same university. She has published 16 scientific articles, 18 chapters in published books and one compiled book, mainly in Spanish and in the area of indigenous psychology. Her area of expertise is cultural measurement and etno-psychometrics. She had supervised six PhD studies and one master thesis. She had been invited as an external supervisor in three PhD programs.  She had received grants from the Council of Science and Technology of Mexico (CONACyT) to conduct empirical research. She has been awarded with the national distinction “Rogelio Diaz-Guerrero” for young researchers from the Mexican Association of Social Psychology in 2006. She is a member of the National Researchers System, level 1, from the CONACyT. She is member of the following professional organizations: International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Interamerican Society of Psychology, Mexican Society of Psychology, and Mexican Association of Social Psychology.

South America

Maria Cristina Ferreir

Maria Cristina Ferreira received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Getulio Vargas Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She is currently a professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at Salgado de Oliveira University in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Her research interests concern cross-cultural psychology, ethnopsychology, organizational psychology and positive psychology. Her articles have been published in many Brazilian journals as well as in journals like Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 

South Asia

Purnima Singh

Purnima Singh is a D.Phil from the Centre of Advanced Study, Department of Psychology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad. She has been a Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellow at the University of Bristol, U.K. She taught at the Centre of Advanced Study, Department of Psychology, University of Allahabad from 1985 to 2005. In 2005 she moved to IIT Delhi where she is currently Professor of Psychology. In 1986 she was awarded the Young Scientist Award by the Indian Science Congress Association for her research work. A prolific researcher she has worked on a number of international and national collaborative research projects related to justice, intergroup relations, identity and collective experience.  From her earlier research on cross-cultural comparison of justice perceptions to her present work on understanding shared spaces among various  social groups in different  contexts in India, she has been interested in the role of culture in shaping human behavior and experiences. She has been an Associate Editor of Psychology and Developing Societies ( A Sage Journal) from 1989 to 2011, Psychological Studies ( Springer) since 2009 and member of the Editorial board of the International Journal of Psychology ( Wiley) currently and a reviewer for several international and national journals. She is keen to help in the development of psychology as a discipline. She is currently the President ( Elect) of the National Academy of Psychology, India. Earlier she had been a Treasurer of the National Academy of Psychology, India from 2006-2012. She is also  South Asian Representative of the Asian Association of Social Psychology.

South East Asia

Ronnel B. Kin

Ronnel B. King is a Research Scientist at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. His research interests are in cross-cultural investigations of student motivation, well-being, and learning. He also pursues a methodologically-oriented line of research on the cross-cultural validation of psycho-educational instruments.  He obtained his PhD in Educational Psychology (2012) at The University of Hong Kong. He has been awarded the Global SELF Research Network Highly Commended PhD Award (2013) for his doctoral dissertation. He has also received the Young Scholar Award (2012) from the International Test Commission and the Park Jung-heun Award (2009) from the Asian Association of Social Psychology. He is currently serving as the guest editor for the British Journal of Educational Psychology and The International Journal of Psychological and Educational Assessment for special issues on culture and motivation.  Ronnel is a highly prolific scholar and has published in numerous international peer-refereed journals such as The International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Contemporary Educational Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, Learning and Individual Differences, European Journal of Psychology of Education, Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, and Educational Psychology among others. He is also the lead editor for a book entitled The Psychology of Asian Learners: A Festschrift in Honor of David Watkins to be published by Springer in 2015.

North America (Canada Seat)

Catherine T. Kwantes

Catherine T. Kwantes is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Windsor, Windsor, ON.  She holds a PhD and an MA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and an MS in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.  Her research interests revolve around the development of behavioural and attitudinal norms in organizations – especially how societal culture impacts these norms.  Currently she is the principal investigator in the International Trustworthiness Study, a project spanning 13 nations, examining perceptions of what a makes an individual trustworthy in various social and organizational relationships (e.g. friend, family member, work supervisor, work colleague).  Her research group at the University of Windsor is involved in a variety of other projects as well, including investigating the effect of individual level culturally transmitted beliefs and values on emotional display norms in the workplace experiments and experimental work examining the effect of work context on the individual expression of cultural norms,.  She has published over 30 articles, book chapters, and technical reports, and has presented her work at numerous international conferences. Dr. Kwantes has lived and worked in Canada, Japan, India, and the USA.  She has given invited talks to academic and professional audiences worldwide, including Japan, India, Lebanon, Canada, and Israel. Dr. Kwantes is a Fellow of the International Association of Intercultural Research, and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Cross-Cultural Management. She has served a reviewer for a number of journals including the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, the Journal of International Management, the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, the Journal of Organizational Behavior, Organizational Research Methods, Asia Pacific Journal of Management, and Applied Multivariate Review, among others.

Valerie Pruegger

Valerie Pruegger holds a M.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Calgary and a Ph.D. from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON Canada.  Her areas of specialization are Cross-Cultural and Organizational Psychology.  She has been an Adjunct Professor in Psychology at the University of Calgary for over 15 years, teaching a number of courses including Cross-cultural Psychology (341), Culture and Cognition (491) and Psychology and the Law (493). In addition she teaches a six-week seminar for Ph.D. students on Diversity and Clinical Psychology. In this role, she also serves as an honour’s thesis supervisor and sits on thesis review committees. Dr. Pruegger worked as a Research Social Planner for The City of Calgary for 15 years, conducting research and framing policy in a number of areas related to immigration and diversity. She has published a number of papers and presented numerous workshops on intercultural communication and diversity and inclusion among other topics, and has consulted in systems including justice, policing, social service, education and health.  She serves on the Alberta Hate Crime Committee and is Past President of the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education. She currently operates Intercultural Interactions Inc., a consulting business that focuses on training, research and organizational change. In 2005, the Legislative Assembly of Alberta presented Dr. Pruegger with the Alberta Centennial Recognition award for contribution and service to the people, communities and province of Alberta for her social justice work around systemic discrimination and anti-racism.

Andrew Ryder

Andrew Ryder has devoted his career to the integration of (cross-)cultural and clinical psychology, beginning at the University of Toronto (1997), and through both his graduate work at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (2005) and his clinical internship at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx (2003-4). He is currently Associate Professor and (as of June 2014) Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University (2005-present) and holds an adjunct position in cultural psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital (2006-present), both in Montreal.

Dr. Ryder’s first line of research continues his work on acculturation, investigating the micro- and macro-developmental processes that unfold over time and their relation to well-being. The second continues his work on the cultural shaping of depression, extending to a wider range of contexts (e.g., Korean, Japanese, Russian) and clinical syndromes (e.g., anxiety, personality disorders). Since 2010, Dr. Ryder has been working with his colleagues to develop the subfield of cultural-clinical psychology. The overarching goal of this work is to promote greater communication between (cross-)cultural psychology, clinical/health psychology, and cultural psychiatry.

Dr. Ryder has developed an undergraduate course in culture & psychology and a graduate seminar in cultural-clinical psychology, both of which are taught regularly at Concordia University, and a workshop in quantitative methodology for culture and mental health research, offered as part of McGill University's annual summer school in social and transcultural psychiatry. He has served as chair of the international/cross-cultural psychology section, and member at large of the clinical section, within the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA). He was the 2009 recipient of the President's New Scholar award from the CPA, and will receive the 2014 Early Career Award from IACCP.

Europe (Seat 2)

Aikaterini Gari

Aikaterini Gari is Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the Department of Philosophy, Pedagogy, and Psychology (Psychology Section), of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She co-chaired the 18th International Congress of IACCP (11-15 July 2006, Isle of Spetses, Greece). Administration duties: appointed Director of the “Center of Cross-Cultural Psychology” of the University of Athens (2003-); appointed Director of the “Center for Creativity Development” of the University of Athens (December 2012-); appointed Correspondence Member for Greece (2002-) of the “European Council for High Ability” (ECHA); elected co-Coordinator of the “Cross-Cultural Psychology Branch” of the Hellenic Psychological Society (2011-2013 and 2013-);  Program Director for Greece (2007-) of the “European Value Study” (EVS); elected Chair of the Executive Committee board of the Hellenic Association for the Promotion of Education for the Creative, Gifted, Talented Children and Adolescents (2003-2012, 2014-). Publications: More than 45 papers, mostly in peer reviewed journals and books, and also in congress proceedings. Main research interests: attitudes' and values' structure and function, emic perspectives of social axioms, socio-psychological dimensions of the Greek dual-career family, and social psychology of education issues, such as identification processes for children and adolescents with high abilities, the school community members’ attitudes towards the “gifted/ talented”, and also the “gifted with learning difficulties”. Associations: Full member of four international and three national psychological associations.  

Nicolas Geeraert

I currently work as a lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the University of Essex (UK). I am a social psychologist (PhD, University of Louvain, Belgium, 2004) with research interests in stereotypes, acculturation and cross-cultural psychology. My interest in culture started during a study abroad experience in Thailand (1994-1995). For the past 20 years, I have also volunteered for and worked with AFS Intercultural Programs, a not-for-profit organization that organizes intercultural learning opportunities. One of my current projects is a longitudinal examination of the effect of acculturation on a group 2500 exchange students. I have been a member of IACCP for 6 years. I feel 'at home' at IACCP, and so I have decided I want to become more active in its organization. I have been an ad-hoc reviewer for JCCP, and I am currently on the scientific committee for the 2014 conference in Reims. However, I would like to become one of the regional representatives for Europe. If elected, I would represent the European members within IACCP. But more importantly, I would like to create more opportunities for European IACCP researchers to meet informally on a regular basis.

Malgorzata Wanda Kozusznik

Malgorzata Wanda Kozusznik is Associate Lecturer in Social and Organizational Psychology at the College of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Exeter, UK. She completed her International PhD in Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Valencia, Spain, under prof José María Peiró and prof Isabel Rodríguez, her Erasmus Mundus European Master in Work, Organizational and Personnel Psychology (EM WOP-P) at the University of Valencia and the University of Coimbra, and her BA in Psychology at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. She has a wide European and global network of professionals due to the international character of the EM WOP-P (www.uv.es/erasmuswop), her study visits to the University of Coimbra, Jagiellonian University, and University of Maryland, her visiting lectures at Maastricht University, University of Silesia, University of Baltimore, Florida Institute of Technology, and her participation in international research projects. Her major research interests center on cross-cultural work stress and well-being, climate, Global Virtual Teams (V Segles predoctoral grant, University of Valencia), innovativeness in organizations (Europe INNOVA grant), innovative ways of education and different educational cultures (Gallup Fellow award), and she has extensive experience in construction and cultural adaptation of research methods. She has published scientific articles and chapters, and has presented her research at local and international conferences. Her current research agenda includes stress process and coping strategies across cultures.

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